|Thames Tunnel commemorative child's plate, 7.25 inches/Rose, Tulip and Aster molded border|
|Close-up of the Thames Tunnel pattern|
An interesting history of the Thames Tunnel is found here. What was undertaken as a more efficient way to move goods and people across the Thames never came to fruition. Instead, the tunnel was billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World! People flocked to experience the walk under the water! Souvenirs, of which the plate above is one, sold well. However, the tunnel was a financial disaster. A railway company purchased the tunnel in 1865, and today the tunnel is part of the London Overground.
The plate is impressed Scott for Scott & Co. (1800-1897). The distinctive Rose, Tulip and Aster molded border was used by the factory for many of the children's patterns and commemorative patterns that they made. Two large cracks didn't deter me from buying such an interesting piece of history.
|Source print used for the Thames Tunnel plate|